LiveLive: British Touring Car Championship from Croft

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Summary

  • Three BTCC races from Croft
  • Support series include Ginetta GT4 Super Cup and Porsche Carrera Cup
  • Colin Turkington on BTCC pole after flying in qualifying yesterday

5:39pm

BTCC Race Three

The final BTCC race of the day ends in a victory for last year's champion Andrew Jordan.

He claimed the lead before the safety car came out at an early stage of proceedings, and held on pretty comfortably in the second half of the race.

Rob Collard finished second, with Gordon Shedden, who was second in each of the previous races, claiming third.

Series leader Colin Turkington retired with a damaged clutch after winning the opening two races of the day.

5:37pm

BTCC Race Three

Two laps to go, and Shedden is up into third after winning a great battle with Jackson.

5:31pm

BTCC Race Three

Goff battled hard, but couldn't hold on to second and is now down in fourth. Collard is second, with Jackson third, and after finishing second in the opening two races, Shedden is eyeing another podium finish in fifth.

5:30pm

5:29pm

5:27pm

BTCC Race Three

Andrew Jordan is going to win this unless he has an accident because he's pulled a fair way clear. There's a right old battle going on for second though, with Goff currently battling hard to hold off Collard and Jackson.

5:25pm

BTCC Race Three

Turkington was forced out by a damaged clutch. He won't pick up any points from this race, so it's a good chance for his title rivals to try to close the gap that he's opened up thanks to his wins in the first two races.

5:23pm

BTCC Race Three

Big news on lap eight as Colin Turkington is forced into the pits. He's damaged the right-hand side of his car and looks to be out of the race. Either way, there'll be no hat-trick today.

5:22pm

BTCC Race Three

Matt Neal is in the pits after smashing up the front end of his Honda in a three-way smash going into Clervaux.

Rob Austin was also involved - he's been in the wars pretty much all day here at Croft.

5:21pm

BTCC Race Three

The safety car is off the track now, and Jordan is trying to pull clear at the head of affairs.

Goff is having to work hard to repel Collard, who is pushing hard to try to get into second.

Turkington is sixth, having started in the middle of the grid, as he tries to claim his third win of the afternoon.

5:15pm

BTCC Race Three

Another hugely eventful opening lap to the final BTCC race of the day.

Goff and Ingram had a bit of a coming together at Clervaux on the opening lap, which has ended with the latter having to retire.

Newsham is also in the pits, while Geddie suffered a puncture which led to him spinning twice in the Complex chicane.

After all of that, Andrew Jordan has the lead from Goff and Collard, although there's currently a safety car on the track.

4:47pm

The grid for the final Touring Car race has been confirmed, and after a draw, it'll be Italian Fabrizio Giovanardi on pole.

4:47pm

Jordan Stilp has just won the latest round of the Renault UK Clio Cup, with James Colburn finishing second.

The final race of the British Touring Car Championship will be the next action on the track, and is due to get under way in about 20 minutes time.

4:19pm

4:18pm

4:18pm

4:18pm

All over with the Formula Fords, and it was a win for James Abbott, but Harrison Scott maintains his lead of the overall series.

There's a 12-lap race of the Renault UK Clio Cup coming up next - then it'll be the final Touring Car race of the afternoon.

4:05pm

The Formula Ford Championship is back on the track at Croft at the minute, with James Abbott leading Harrison Scott as the race enters its closing stages.

Ashley Sutton is in third, but he faces a battle with Juan Rosso to hold on to his podium place with four laps remaining.

3:26pm

The racing continues with round ten of the Ginetta Junior Championship. It's an eight-lap race for the next generation of drivers.

3:24pm

Colin Turkington has just been presented with his second trophy of the afternoon - he'll be trying to complete a hat-trick when the final BTCC race takes place at 5.06pm.

He'll have a tougher task though, with the grid order changing after a draw.

It remains to be seen whether Jason Plato is cleared to take part in race three, as the stewards will surely want to have a look at that coming-together with Alain Menu.

3:11pm

3:10pm

3:10pm

3:09pm

BTCC Race Two

That was another masterful display from Colin Turkington, who claimed his sixth win of the season at a canter.

Turkington finished more than six seconds ahead of Gordon Shedden, who has now claimed two runner-up spots on the day.

Matt Neal did well to battle his way up to third position, with Rob Collard finishing fourth and Andrew Jordan taking fifth.

Adam Morgan did superbly towards the back of the grid, finishing 12th despite starting in 29th position.

 

3:05pm

BTCC Race Two

Big off on the penultimate lap, with Jason Plato nudging Alain Menu from behind, causing Menu to spin off the track. The pair were battling for sixth position.

3:01pm

3:01pm

3:01pm

BTCC Race Two

The best tussle here is the battle between Rob Collard and Matt Neal for third. The pair have been nip and tuck for a while, but Neal has just completed an overtaking move at Sunny to claim third spot. A podium finishes beckons.

2:57pm

BTCC Race Two

Almost at halfway stage of race two, and Turkington is proving every bit as dominant as he was in the first.

He's got a two-second lead over Shedden, who in turn is more than five seconds clear of Collard.

Mat Neal has gained a couple of place to move up into fourth, with Plato down in sixth after losing a couple of close battles.

2:48pm

BTCC Race Two

Dave Newsham is also out, after his Ford Focus was badly damaged during that first lap spin.

Aiden Moffatt didn't start race two because of a problem on the grid.

2:47pm

BTCC Race Two

Another huge smash on the opening lap of BTCC action. Rob Austin spun off, and is currently on the infield - looks like he's retiring.

Colin Turkington got a great start - he's clear of Gordon Shedden in a repeat of race one.

2:41pm

BTCC Race Two

Formation lap just about to begin ahead of the second BTCC race of the afternoon. Colin Turkington on pole after winning race one, and must be a strong favourite to complete a double success.

2:26pm

2:26pm

2:25pm

The pit lane is about to open ahead of the next British Touring Car race.

If Colin Turkington repeats his performance from the first race, he'll be exceptionally hard to beat.

Gordon Shedden will hope to at least get closer than he managed in race one, while Jason Plato will be desperate for another podium finish on the track he regards as his home venue.

1:50pm

Carl Breeze was too good for his rivals in today's opening race in the Ginetta G4 Super Cup.

He's just crossed the finishing line almost a second clear of Charlie Robertson, with Sean Huyton finishing third.

There was a bit of local interest in that race, with Scorton privateer Max Coates finishing a more than creditable seventh.

The Porsche Carrera Cup is next up, before the second Touring Car race of the afternoon.

1:13pm

All over in the Renault UK Clio Cup, and it has to be said that was a bit like the calm after the storm in the wake of the opening BTCC race.

Jordan Stilp claimed his first victory of the season, finishing just over a second clear of Ash Hand.

Ant Whorton-Eales completed the podium, but Josh Cook retains his overall series lead.

Next up, it's the Michelin Ginetta GT4 Super Cup, with local driver Max Coates, who is from Scorton, in action.

1:06pm

1:05pm

1:00pm

The next Touring Car race is due to start at 2.39pm.

On track at the minute it's the ninth round of the Renault UK Clio Cup, with Jordan Stilp currently leading from Ash Hand. 

12:47pm

Here's a shot of Jason Plato as he battled his way to third position in the first race at Croft:

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12:38pm

12:38pm

12:38pm

12:38pm

BTCC Race One

Colin Turkington wins the opening race at Croft to extend his lead at the top of the overall rankings.

He kept out of trouble at the first couple of corners, having started on pole, and was never really threatened after that.

Gordon Shedden claimed a comfortable second place, with Jason Plato producing an excellent defensive drive to repel stiff opposition from a number of quarters to claim the third place on the podium.

A huge Croft crowd certainly enjoyed that - especially the first lap which featured three different incidents in the opening four corners.

 

12:32pm

BTCC Race One

Two laps to go and Turkington has an unassailable lead over Shedden, who looks nailed on for second. This is hugely impressive from Turkington, who is already running with the maximum amount of success ballast.

Plato continues to hold off Collard in the battle for third, with Jordan running fifth and Neal sixth despite his opening-lap incident.

12:25pm

BTCC Race One

Some great tussles going on out there, with the best seeing Rob Collard clambering all over Jason Plato as he tries to get past the Newcastle-born racer to claim third place.

Colin Turkington looking pretty comfortable at the front though, almost three seconds clear of Gordon Shedden.

12:23pm

12:22pm

12:19pm

BTTC Race One

We're underway in the first BTCC race of the day, and the opening lap has been absolute carnage.

A three-way prang at the second corner resulted in Matt Neal's car careering into Rob Austin, who ended up on the infield.

Nick Foster went off at the next turn and ended up driving all the way up the infield - he's retired.

Colin Turkington continues to set the pace, pulling away nicely from pole. He leads, with Gordon Shedden second, Jason Plato third and Rob Collard fourth.

11:55am

The BTCC cars are on the grid now getting ready for the formation lap. The first race of the afternoon should be away in about ten minutes....

11:54am

The timetable for the afternoon looks like this:

1202 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship (Round 13)

1242 Courier Connections Renault UK Clio Cup (Round 9)

1317 Michelin Ginetta GT4 Super Cup (Round 13)

1352 Porsche Carrera Cup Great Britain (Round 9)

1439 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship (Round 14)

1519 Ginetta Junior Championship (Round 10)

1549 Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain (Round 15)

1619 Courier Connections Renault UK Clio Cup (Round 10)

1706 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship (Round 15)

1746 Michelin Ginetta GT4 Super Cup (Round 14)

11:43am

11:42am

11:40am

Colin Turkington will start the opening BTCC race on pole position after qualifying fastest yesterday.

The Northern Irishman, who leads the series after winning two of the three races at the last round at Oulton Park, was in blistering form, setting a new qualifying track record as he finished more than three tenths clear of Jason Plato.

 

11:34am

Welcome to a sunny Croft Circuit, near Darlington, for the North-East round of the British Touring Car Championship.

Thousands of motor sport fans are thronging the circuit ahead of three BTCC races on what should be an action-packed afternoon.

The parade of BTCC drivers is about to get underway, and the first BTCC race is due to start just after midday.

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